Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Game of Thrones, People vs OJ Simpson top Emmy nominations

Game of Thrones, People vs OJ Simpson top Emmy nominations

"Game of Thrones" is up for the award for top drama series, which it won a year ago for the first time. A total of 21 acting noms went to non-white performers, including last year's drama actress victor Viola Davis for ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, Taraji P. Henson for FOX's Empire, Keegan-Michael Key for Comedy Central's Key & Peele, Andre Braugher for Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Tituss Burgess for Kimmy Schmidt, Niecy Nash for Getting On and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The number of GOTs nominations is just one more than its close contender crime drama, "The People V OJ Simpson", which garnered 22 nods.

Her "Game of Thrones" co-stars Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey are also nominated for the category, along with "Downton Abbey's" Maggie Smith, "The Affair's" Maura Tierney and "UnREAL's" Constance Zimmer.

Among the other nominations it bagged was: Best Writing for A Drama Series for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the episode Battle of the Bastards.

The show, which, last year, won a record breaking 12 awards will be facing competition from Mr Robot, Better Call Saul, House of Cards, Homeland, The Americans and Downton Abbey. Sam Esmail's moody online nightmare broke into the hotly contested Best Drama Series category, and Rami Malek nabbed a nomination for his performance as the show's unstable hacker-wunderkind hero. But considering his subsequent 15-year reign as chief justice of the United States, we think he might have served the Emmys even better as a judge.

"Til It Happens to You", the Lady Gaga/Diane Warren anthem from the doc The Hunting Ground, becomes the first song ever nominated for an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy.

"Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry's storytellers", said Rosenblum.

For Stephen Colbert, it was the inaugural season of his CBS late-night show that was overlooked, while network colleague James Corden earned a best variety talk series bid for his “Late Late Show.”.

The nominations were announced by Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham and Black-ish's Anthony Anderson, who whooped and cheered as he read out his own nomination in the best comedy lead category, one of several the show received.

"Black-ish" star Anderson, who got his second nod, will be competing with last year's victor, Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent", along with Ansari, Will Forte for "The Last Man on Earth", William H. Macy for "Shameless" and Thomas Middleditch for "Silicon Valley". Each of the top choices on, a website where experts post odds on awards show nominations and wins, received nominations in the categories of best comedy and drama.

The winners will be feted at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles on September 18.

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